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Not A Classic Game

from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,

The NHL has constantly grappled, and without much success, over how best to sell hockey in the United States. It emerged from the lockout of three seasons ago with a new set of rules and promises of strict enforcement. But enforcement waned and scoring diminished and the sport returned to the stranglehold of coaches with defensive bents, spoiling the game’s natural beauty and attraction.

The league needs to find ways to extract and emphasize the talents of its gifted players and capture the imaginations of its fans. The winning shootout goal scored by Crosby fit the script. But the 65 minutes of rag-tag hockey it took to reach that point did little to enhance the league’s allure.

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added 8:10am, from The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,

Heck, NHL iceman Dan Craig got more face-time than Crosby.

At one point, he was out there so long, fixing that nasty hole, I thought he was just going to build a shack and drop a fishing line down.

They really should have mic’d him:

“Who’s M@*&!! F*$*#%!? idea was this?!?!?”

But while it must have been a nightmare for Craig and the ice crew (who, all things considered, did an amazing job), the spectacle was something to behold.

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